I briefly talked about the new Dewalt FlexVolt circular saw in my 5 Hot Tools from Dewalt’s Media Event post, and have a deeper first look planned for later this month.
I am extremely excited about the new saw, and can’t wait to get my hands on a test sample.
But, there are some that aren’t so enthusiastic about the new saw. Over at Amazon, there are 2 reviews complaining about how the saw is a right-handed design.
I had meant to tackle this topic later in the month, but a post about left-handed vs. right-handed circular saws in the ToolGuyd forum had prompted me to move it up a bit.
If you recall, Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ circular saw is also a right-handed saw.
Here’s what Dewalt’s 20V Max circular saw, a left-handed saw, looks like.
So what’s the difference?
From what I’ve seen, right-handed saws are traditionally designed for righties, and left-handed saws for lefties.
A right-handed saw puts the main handle in your right hand, and auxiliary handle in your left. The blade is to the right, with no hands or arms crossing over. The base sits over your workpiece on the left, and when making small cuts, the cut-off falls to the right.
With a left-handed saw, a righty’s left hand will cross the blade when gripping the auxiliary handle. That’s less than ideal. The saw blade is also aligned between the user’s arms, rather than outside. If you hold a workpiece with your left hand, there’s a chance of accidental contact with the blade. Such a scenario is less likely with a right-handed saw.
But, the advantage of left-handed saws is that you have much better cut line visibility. You can more easily see where you’re cutting.
From what I’ve seen these past few years, corded circular saws are mainly right-handed saws. There are some brands, such as Milwaukee, that offer both right- and left-handed saws.
Worm drive saws are typically left-handed.
Cordless circular saws are typically left-handed as well. There have been some exceptions over the years, but most if not all of the 6-1/2″ and smaller circular saws I’ve seen and used have been left-handed.
So why is the new Dewalt FlexVolt circular saw right-handed?
My best guess is that Dewalt was aiming for this full-size 7-1/4″ cordless circular saw to have a similar feel to full-size corded circular saws.
That’s likely what Milwaukee was going for as well.
While a lot of righties prefer the greater cut line visibility of left-handed saws, corded circular saw users are used to the feel of right-handed saws.
I’m thinking that both Milwaukee and Dewalt polled plenty of users to see what they preferred, and the right-handed saw won out.
In a perfect world, brands would come out with both right-handed and left-handed circular saws. Maybe eventually!
In the meantime, what’s your take on the blade-right orientation of Dewalt and Milwaukee’s full-size brushless circular saws?
Blade-right or blade-left, what’s your preference?
There’s also more discussion about this in the ToolGuyd forum, check it out!